Posted by: vftmom247 | 2012/10/02

Sacrifice..our own and God’s

I am a sci-fi fantasy nut. Show me a book on King Arthur, Robin Hood, or time travel on the freebie list and i will more than likely download it. A series of books that I love
and will pay for is Diane Duane’s Young Wizards series. The series reminds me of the Little House books, or Lloyd Alexander’s Prydain series because it grows and deepens with the reader. Although it starts out pretty deep in spots if the reader has eyes to see that kind of thing.

The second book is called Deeper Wizardry. One of the main plot features involves the heroine, Nita, having to decide whether to live up to a promised self-sacrifice to prevent the Dark One from gaining power over the sea. Sound familiar yet? She has three choices. In the first, she backs out, and let’s the Dark One win. In the second, she makes the sacrifice, but just because she said she would, not making it with her whole heart, begrudging the entire chain of events that has gotten her into this place. The third…I’ll let Ms Duane say it in the persona of Tom, Nita’s wizardly supervisor….

” There is another possibility. To make this sacrifice willingly , putting all of yourself and your Art behind it. …then there will be more meaning behind it than you can imagine….a cease momentarily of entrophy, the world will be a better place for just a little because of that ripple effect”

An ungrudging sacrifice has to be the most powerful thing in the world,whether it is of your time, your talent, your heart, or your life. Jesus’s sacrifice (that unbelievable, preposterous sacrifice) leaps to mind, but there are other daily sacrifices we can make. What about the mother giving up her sleep for a sick or restless child? What about the teacher giving up free time for a struggling student? What about the priest giving up some of his free time for a distraught parishioner? What about the stay-at-home parent, giving up the use of their talent to take care of the precious gift of life from God?

I spent the weekend in the hospital (yet again) while the rest of the family was at a retreat to build and educate the adult leaders of our German youth program. It didn’t seem like a major sacrifice to me at all by Saturday, since the retreat had been planned, it seemed to have God’s stamp of approval, and was a needed thing. Friday, however, when the poor doctor told me….then, I cried my eyes out for literally most of the day, before making the conscious decision to learn whatever lesson God was trying to instill in my head and to put all my faith in Him, to lean body, soul, and spirit into His cupped hands. On Monday, our priest said that Friday was the most spirit-filled day of the retreat.

We all have daily sacrifices we are called upon to make. If you are like me, there are days you sacrifice more willingly than others. I think that what I want to try to do is to try to make those daily sacrifices with all my heart, willingly, trusting in God’s plans for me and ours. Will I be able to do this every day? Probably not…note the repeated “try to”. Will I be able to brush myself off again and try again every morning? Yeah, that I can and WILL do. Want to join me?



  1. “All things work together for good………” including, it seems, your hospital stay. Hope you’re feeling better šŸ™‚


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